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For every order made from now until the end of February, Awapuni Nurseries will throw in
one free bundle of mixed herbs - a mix of six popular herbs to brighten up your garden and your kitchen. We’ll also throw in an information sheet on how to grow the best herbs in town.
To see the entire range of seedlings available at Awapuni Nurseries click here and have a browse around our plant shop.

Majestic beauty

The monarch butterfly is a great source of fascination for gardeners. We just love seeing them flitting around our gardens during the summer months.
Some of us become very worried when we don't see monarchs on the many swan plants we’ve specially planted out for them. Click here to read more.

FEBRUARY 2008

Break out of your summer salad rut with flowers
If you’re looking for an interesting way to liven up yet another bowl of salad, look no further than your favourite flowers.
“As long as you choose wisely, flowers can be a fantastic addition to lots of dishes,” says Awapuni gardening expert Tod Palenski.
People have been eating flowers for centuries. Saffron, which is the stamen of the crocus flower, has been used since pre-Roman times and the Victorians often used flowers in their cooking.
“In fact, most of us probably eat flowers on a regular basis whether we realise it or not,” says Tod. “Cauliflower and broccoli are both types of flowers and so are capers and artichokes.”
He says restaurants and celebrity chefs have sparked new interest in putting flowers on the menu. Crispy courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta and mint are a Jamie Oliver specialty, as is tempura lobster with viola and borage.
Nasturtiums are among the most common edible flowers. Their leaves have a strong pepper taste and the flowers are sweet and spicy like watercress. Flowers can be stuffed with savoury mousses and both flowers and leaves can be added to salads or used to garnish cheese platters.
Click here to read more.

Mulch, mulch and more mulch

We know we sound like a stuck record, but there’s really no better way to ensure your plants stay healthy in the heat. Mulching promotes a healthy environment where plants can thrive.
During summer, mulch protects the soil from the heat and reduces the need for constant watering by providing a cooler soil temperature which enables roots to pump water efficiently. Overwatering can be fatal to plants, so go easy on the hose and don’t water in the midday heat. 
Many mulches compact over time, so even if you applied mulch a few months ago, use a rake to revive it.
As well as fighting the heat, mulch suppress weeds and gives a garden a finished look.

Henri and Paul Ham, Awapuni Nurseries Ltd
Pioneer Highway PO Box 7075 Palmerston North NEW ZEALAND
Phone: 64 6 354-8828 Fax: 64 6 354-8857
Web: www.awapuni.co.nz

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